Big 12 recruiting nuggets: Townsend switches from Tech to OSU

January, 26, 2010
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Some people like to have cocktails before their dinner.

Me, I greatly prefer a nightly report from Tom Luginbill, the esteemed national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc.

Here are some of the latest Big 12-related tidbits from Luginbill this afternoon.

And for the latest recruiting information, always consider ESPN.com's On the Trail, which is one of the best highlights of our Insider benefits. It's something I check on an almost hourly basis this time of year.

G Javius Townsend

Dallas, TX

James Madison H.S.

Scouts Grade: 75

Position Rank: 67

Three-star Javius Townsend of Madison (Dallas, Texas) has accepted a Class of 2010 offer from Oklahoma State after decommitting from Texas Tech. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound guard prospect also considered Kansas.

Townsend told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal the Red Raiders' recent coaching change impacted his decision.

"I had a special relationship with every one of those coaches - Coach (Matt) Moore, Coach (Brian) Mitchell and (former Texas Tech) Coach (Mike) Leach," Townsend said. "It wouldn't be the same as it would if they were all still there."

Among his other offers were Minnesota, Buffalo, Colorado State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, San Diego State, SMU, Tulsa, UTEP and Western Kentucky.

QB Christian LeMay

Mint Hill, NC

Butler H.S.

Top junior quarterback Christian LeMay (Mint Hill, N.C./Butler) will graduate early and is now considering 10 schools from his long list of suitors, ESPN's Brian Stumpf reports.

Among his finalists is Oklahoma. Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina also will battle for the ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect.

Additionally, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound talent hopes to narrow the field down to five by May and three by July and eventually name a "leader" instead of making a verbal commitment. LeMay will enroll at his school of choice January 2011.

Maryland, N.C. State, Oregon, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Illinois, Tennessee and Michigan have also offered.

As a junior, he completed 170 of 248 attempts (68.5-percent) for 3,396 yards, 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading Butler to a 15-0 state title.

DT Dominique Jones

Midwest City, OK

Midwest City H.S.

Scouts Grade: 78

Position Rank: 47

Three-star defensive tackle Dominique Jones has decided to accept a scholarship offer from Baylor.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Midwest City (Oklahoma City, Okla.) product, who recently parted ways with Arizona, has pledged to the Bears for the Class of 2010.

Jones had committed to the Wildcats in December, but was later informed his position scholarship had actually been filled.

Jones also considered Kansas State. He also has offers from Kansas, Missouri, Louisville, Tulsa and Colorado State.

WR Chris Hawkins

Channelview, TX

Channelview H.S.

Scouts Grade: 78

Position Rank: 49

Three-star wide receiver Chris Hawkins of Channelview, Texas, has pledged to TCU for the Class of 2010.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound standout had originally picked Minnesota of the Big Ten.

Hawkins, who had more than 20 other offers, was also sought by Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tulsa and Utah, among others.

As a senior, Hawkins had 27 receptions for 656 yards (24.3 average) and 10 touchdowns.

DE Beau Yap

Pearl City, HI

Kamehameha Schools

Scouts Grade: 75

Position Rank: 116

Top Hawaii defensive lineman Beau Yap has picked Baylor.

Yap, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound defensive end from Kamehameha Schools (Honolulu, Hawaii), had also been offered by Hawaii.

ATH Reggie Wilkins

Shelby, NC

Crest H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 72

Three-star Reggie Wilkins, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound wide receiver/cornerback prospect from Crest (Shelby, N.C.), has changed his Class of 2010 commitment from North Carolina State back to North Carolina.

He originally chose the Heels and then pledged to the Wolfpack.

Wilkins also holds scholarship offers from Clemson, Colorado, East Carolina, Louisville and Marshall.

WR Jazz King

Duncan, SC

James Byrnes H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 80

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday has landed Jazz King, a three-star 5-foot-11, 185-pound wide receiver, for the class of 2010.

King, who starred at Byrnes High School (Duncan, S.C.), chose the Herd over offers from North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, Illinois, Tulane and Central Florida, among others.

"I just liked the whole coaching staff," King told the Daily Mail. "They seemed like they know what they are doing. I liked their graduation rate for football players. I loved the atmosphere and how everybody knows everybody, just like down here at Byrnes."

As a senior, King had 29 receptions for 543 yards and nine touchdowns.

QB Matt Brown

Allen, TX

Allen H.S.

Scouts Grade: 77

Position Rank: 44

Three-star quarterback Matt Brown, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound quarterback from Allen, Texas, has committed to sign with TCU after withdrawing his pledge to Arizona.

Brown told ESPN affiliate Web site WildcatSportsReport.com, ""Odds of going to TCU are at 90 to 10 right now. I just think TCU is better for me and my family."

Other programs such as Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Iowa State, Iowa and Colorado were also recruiting Brown.

ATH Dwight Macon

Steubenville, OH

Steubenville H.S.

Scouts Grade: 70

Position Rank: 256

Athlete/quarterback Dwight Macon of Steubenville, Ohio, has committed to sign with Toledo's Class of 2010 after withdrawing his pledge to Central Michigan.

The two-star 6-foot, 190-pound prospect was also holding scholarship offers from Kansas, Kent State, Bowling Green, Ball State and Wyoming.

DE Corey Jones

Memphis, TN

Mitchell H.S.

Scouts Grade: 40

Local defensive lineman Corey Jones of Mitchell High School in Memphis picked the Memphis Tigers

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end was once set for Kansas, but had his offer rescinded.

Wake Forest and Louisiana Tech have also offered.

WR Joshua Ford

Washington, DC

Calvin Coolidge H.S.

Scouts Grade: 76

Position Rank: 130

Wide receiver Joshua Ford has dropped an early scholarship commitment for New Mexico for Temple.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ford also was sought by Kansas and Utah. He had 23 receptions for 494 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

ATH Antonio Graves

Texarkana, TX

Pleasant Grove High

Scouts Grade: 40

Athlete Antonio Graves has decided on TCU.

Graves, who decommitted from Louisiana Tech, also had an offer from Baylor.

Although he played quarterback as a high schooler, Graves was recruited as an athlete by TCU.

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